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Attention All 7th and 8th Grade Band Members

Please Fill Out the Bottom Slip and Return to Mr. Ernst by:

Friday, September 27th

Who: 7th and 8th Grade Band Members

What: Concert Uniform Fittings

Where: High School Band Room

When: Dates and times are listed below. Please note that all times are “walk-in” times only.

You may need to wait your turn upon arrival.

Cost: $15.00 (No fitting will be done without payment being made. Checks can be made

payable to “Perry Bands.”)

Girls:

Tuesday, October 1st: 3-6 p.m.

Boys:

Wednesday, October 2nd: 3-5 p.m.

Thursday, October 3rd: 3-6 p.m.

What will students/parents need to provide?

For the Boys: Boys will need to provide a pair of black socks and black dress shoes as well as a plain white undershirt. The Perry Band Program will furnish everything else.

For the Girls: Girls will need to provide a pair of black nylons and black dress shoes. The Perry Band Program will furnish everything else.

If you cannot make the available times listed above, please make other arrangements with Nancy Wilhelm @ (517) 490-1108. Also, we would like to remind you that the Pops Concert will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd, at 7:30 p.m., in the Perry High School Auditorium. Students will need to report at 6:30 p.m. Please fill out the slip below to secure a specific time and date for your son/daughter’s uniform fitting. If you should have any questions or concerns please contact us at your convenience.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

(517) 625-0051

ernstg@perry.k12.mi.us

Click the following link for the Uniform Fitting Form:  Uniform Fitting Form

Reminder about the High School Band's Performance for the Memorial Day Parade:  Saturday, May 25

Dear Band Parent,

I just wanted to send home a short note regarding the Memorial Day Parade and its uniform requirements:

The Memorial Day Parade will take place on Saturday, May 25th, at 11:00 a.m. High School Band members should report at 10:00 a.m. to the High School Band Room. We should be finished at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Perry Automotive store south of town. We will have transportation provided back to the High School.

Due to the fact that the marching uniforms have already been dry-cleaned by this time of year and the warmer temperatures, the uniform for this parade will consist of the following:

  1. ALL White Shoes (the student’s marching shoes work well for this)
  2. White Socks
  3. Blue Jeans (pants or shorts are fine-please no “cut-offs”)
  4. Band Polo Shirt (we have handed out order forms for student $15.00)

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director of Bands – Perry Public Schools

Reminder for the High School Band's Performance at Graduation:  Sunday, June 2

May 2019

Attention all High School Band Members and Parents,

I would like to send this reminder to all of you about our upcoming performance at this year’s commencement ceremony. This will take place in the gymnasium of Perry High School, on Sunday, June 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will last until approximately 3:00 p.m. Students are asked to “dress up.” Guys should wear dress pants, a dress shirt, and a tie. Girls should wear a dress shirt/dress pants combo, a skirt/dress shirt combo, or a dress. This is a required performance. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Garret Ernst – Director of Bands

Perry Public Schools

Invitation to the Middle School Band Banquet:  Thursday, June 6

Dear Middle School Band Parent,

This brief note is to serve as a reminder and invitation for you and your family to attend the Middle School Band Banquet. It will take place on Thursday, June 6th, at 6:00 p.m., in the High School Cafeteria. As part of tradition, we are asking that each family bring a dessert to pass with a serving utensil. You will also want to bring a place setting for each member of your party. The Perry Band Boosters will provide coffee and punch. Remember, that this is a dessert only banquet.

This is a wonderful way to close the year when all members of the ensemble are present. I encourage everyone to try and attend, as each member will be recognized. Thank you so much for all of your support during this past school year. Have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director

Invitation to the High School Band Banquet:  Tuesday, June 4

Dear High School Band Parent,

This brief note is to serve as a reminder and invitation for you and your family to attend the High School Band Banquet. It will take place on Tuesday, June 4th, at 6:00 p.m., in the High School Cafeteria. As part of tradition, we are asking that each family bring a dessert to pass with a serving utensil. You will also want to bring a place setting for each member of your party. The Perry Band Boosters will provide coffee and punch. Remember, that this is a dessert only banquet.

This is a wonderful way to close the year when all members of the ensemble are present. I encourage everyone to try and attend, as each member will be recognized. Thank you so much for all of your support during this past school year. Have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director

5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Spring Concert:  Thursday, May 30

Dear 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Band Members and Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert. Our Spring Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School on May 30th, Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up Dressing Start of Concert
5th Grade Band 7:10 p.m. (Media Center) 6:45 p.m. (Down by the media center) 7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)
6th Grade Band 6:45 p.m. (Stage) 7:05 p.m. (2 classrooms by the media center) 7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)
7th Grade Band 7:05 p.m. (Band Room) 6:35 p.m. (Band Room) 7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-3rd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all 5th Grade and 6th Grade band members should arrive dressed in their black dress pants, black dress socks, and black dress shoes with a plain white undershirt. 7th Grade band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies). Boys should be wearing a plain white under shirt as well.

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment. Students are to try to stay out of the other band’s areas as much as possible. All students are required to stay for the entire performance.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director of Bands

625-0051

8th Grade/HS Spring Concert:  Tuesday, May 21

Dear 8th Grade and High School Band Members and Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019. Our Spring Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up Dressing Start of Concert
8th Grade Band 6:30 p.m. (Stage) 7:00 p.m. (Several rooms down by the media center) 7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)
High School Band 7:00 p.m. (Band Room) 6:30 p.m. (Project Lab, Band Room and hall outside of the Band Room) 7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies).

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment. Students are to try to stay out of the other band’s areas as much as possible.

At the conclusion of the concert we would ask that all parents, family members, and friends remain in the auditorium until your son/daughter have finished changing. Your son/daughter will return to you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director of Bands

625-0051

Reminder of Festival Performance Times for 7th, 8th, and High School Bands

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to take another moment to remind you of our upcoming MSBOA District 5 Band and Orchestra Festival performances. Our 7th, 8th, and High School Band's report times and Performance times are as follows. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mr. Ernst

BandDate of PerformanceReport Area/TimePerformanceEstimated Finish Time
7th Grade BandSaturday, March 9th, 2019Middle School Band Room 7:00 a.m.High School Auditorium: 8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
8th Grade BandSaturday, March 9th, 2019Middle School Band Room 9:15 a.m.High School Auditorium: 10:15 a.m.11:15 a.m.
HS BandSaturday, March 9th, 2019Middle School Band Room 2:15 p.m.High School Auditorium: 3:15 p.m.4:15 p.m.

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that I recently handed out a couple of important pieces of information in class:

1. A double sided single sheet of paper with Festival performance info and a volunteer form to help with the hosting of festival. I have put a copy of this in the "Important Documents" found on this web site in case your child did not bring it home. 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band, and HS Band parents you can find your child's performance time and date on this. Also, all parents please consider volunteering to help with festival. You can simply fill out the form and either send it in with your child or scan it and email it back to me.

2. The band camp packet (this is only for the current 8th - 11th grade band members). I have also put a copy of this in the "Important Documents" found on this web site. We would like all forms and fees in before the end of the school year.

Thanks,

Mr. Ernst

Dressing/Warm-up Logistics

5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Christmas Concert

December 20th, 2018

7:30 p.m. Perry High School Auditorium

Dear 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Band Members and Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert. Our Christmas Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School on Thursday, December 20th, at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up Dressing Start of Concert
5th Grade Band 7:10 p.m. (Media Center) 6:40 p.m. (Media Center) 7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)
6th Grade Band 6:40 p.m. (Stage) 7:00 p.m. (Classrooms down by the Media Center) 7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)
7th Grade Band 7:00 p.m. (Band Room) 6:30 p.m. (Band Room) 7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-3rd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all 5th Grade and 6th Grade band members should arrive dressed in their black dress pants, black dress socks, and black dress shoes with a plain white undershirt. 7th Grade band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies). Boys should be wearing a plain white undershirt as well.

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment. Students are to try to stay out of the other band’s areas as much as possible. All students are required to stay for the entire performance.

At the conclusion of the concert we would ask that all parents, family members, and friends remain in the auditorium until your son/daughter have finished changing. Your son/daughter will return to you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director of Bands

625-0051

Dressing/Warm-up Logistics

8th Grade/High School Christmas Concert

December 18th, 2018

7:30 p.m. Perry High School Auditorium

Dear 8th Grade and High School Band Members and Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018. Our Christmas Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up Dressing Start of Concert
8th Grade Band 6:30 p.m. (Stage) 7:00 p.m. (Classrooms down by the media center.) 7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)
High School Band 7:00 p.m. (Band Room) 6:30 p.m. (Men will dress in the band room. Women will dress in the Project Lab) 7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies), gentlemen should have a plain white undershirt.

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment. Students are to stay out of the other band’s dressing areas.

At the conclusion of the concert we would ask that all parents, family members, and friends remain in the auditorium until your son/daughter have finished changing. Your son/daughter will return to you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director of Bands

625-0051

High School Perry Pep band

Once again, it is time to prepare for our Boy’s/Girl’s Basketball Season with regards to the Perry High School Pep Band. Below is a list of home basketball games at which the Pep Band might perform. As a member of the Perry High School Pep Band, students will be required to attend all games, unless prior conflicts have been made known to the director. Pep Band members should report at 5:30 p.m. to the High School Band Room. Each basketball game will usually last until 9:00 p.m. If you are interested in being a part of the Perry High School Pep Band, please look over the dates, list any conflicts you know you will have, sign the contract below, and return to Mr. Ernst. We will also need to have one rehearsal before the games to get a good start for the season. This rehearsal will take place on Thursday, November 29th, at 3:00 p.m. and run no later than 5:00 p.m., in the Band Room. Remember, that an unexcused absence may have a negative impact on your grade. Thank you!

Date Event Report Time Report Area Estimated End
11/29/18 Rehearsal 3:00 P.M. HS Band Room 5:00 p.m.
12/4/18 Home B-Ball 5:30 P.M. HS Band Room 9:00 p.m.
12/7/18 Home B-Ball 5:30 P.M. HS Band Room 9:00 p.m.
12/11/18 Home B-Ball 5:30 P.M. HS Band Room 9:00 p.m.
1/15/19 Home B-Ball 5:30 P.M. HS Band Room 9:00 p.m.
2/1/19 Home B-Ball 5:30 P.M. HS Band Room 9:00 p.m.
2/8/19 Home B-Ball 5:30 P.M. HS Band Room 9:00 p.m.
2/22/19 Home B-Ball 5:30 P.M. HS Band Room 9:00 p.m.

High school solo and ensemble festival

We would like to encourage your son/daughter to participate in the upcoming MSBOA District V Solo and Ensemble Festival. It will take place at St. Johns High School, on Saturday, February 9th, 2019. Your son/daughter may participate in up to 3 events (only one of which can be a solo, unless multiple solos are done on different instruments).

Solo and Ensemble Festival is a wonderful experience for our students. In short, the student selects a piece of music for a solo, duet, trio, etc., with the help of the director. The students then work towards as musical of a performance as possible. They may receive help by whatever means. I am available to coach students after school by making appointments. I would suggest that the students get together with me, or a qualified coach, at least 3 – 4 times before the day of the festival. On the day of the festival the student performs at their scheduled time in front of a judge. The judge will evaluate the student’s performance by awarding a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th division rating (1st being the highest possible rating). If the student achieves a 1st or 2nd division rating they will be given a medal for their fine accomplishment.

To participate in the festival, I need you to complete a registration form for each event in which the student will be involved. You will also need to include the fee for each event when returning the registration form. I need to receive all registrations by Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 in order to schedule your son/daughter. Parents, you and/or your son/daughter will be responsible for their own transportation.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of me at 625-0051.

Pops Concert

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

7th Grade Band

8th Grade Band

High School Marching Band

  • All 7th and 8th Grade Band Members should report at 6:30 p.m. Both 7th and 8th Grade Band Members should report to the hall outside the HS Media Center.
  • High School Band Members should report at 7:30 p.m. to the High School Band Room.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys should remember to wear a plain white T-Shirt, Black Dress Socks and Black Dress Shoes.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls should remember to wear Black Nylons and Black Dress Shoes.

All students will be changing in and out of their uniforms at the school.

District 5 Marching Band Festival

October 8th, 2018

@ Willman Field (Owosso High School’s Football Field)

*This field is not located at the High School*

301 S. Dewey St., Owosso, MI 48867


Dear Students and Parents,

The following should provide you the necessary information concerning the upcoming Marching Band Festival. Below is an itinerary. Please make sure someone is available to pick up your son/daughter upon our return at Perry High School. There is a $3.00 admission at the gate. Please call if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director of Bands – Perry Public Schools


Itinerary

3:40 p.m. Students arrive at Perry HS and dress

4:00 p.m. Load buses

4:15 p.m. Depart for Owosso

4:45 p.m. Arrive at Owosso

5:05 p.m. Travel to Warm-Up

5:15 p.m. Warm-Up

5:45 p.m. Travel to Stadium

6:00 p.m. Perform

6:45 p.m. Load

7:00 p.m. Depart for Perry High School

7:30 p.m. Arrive at Perry High School

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Band Members Going to Solo and Ensemble Festival

The date for Solo and Ensemble that was printed in the materials that went home with student was incorrect (Dec 8).  The correct date for the Festival is December 1st.  Again the correct date for Solo and Ensemble Festival is December 1st.

Attention All 7th and 8th Grade Band Members

Please Fill Out the Bottom Slip and Return to Mr. Ernst by:

Friday, September 28th

Who: 7th and 8th Grade Band Members

What: Concert Uniform Fittings

Where: High School Band Room

When: Dates and times are listed below. Please note that all times are “walk-in” times only.

You may need to wait your turn upon arrival.

Cost: $15.00 (No fitting will be done without payment being made. Checks can be made

payable to “Perry Bands.”)

Boys:

Tuesday, October 2nd: 3-6 p.m.

Girls:

Thursday, October 4th: 3-6 p.m.

What will students/parents need to provide?

For the Boys: Boys will need to provide a pair of black socks and black dress shoes as well as a plain white undershirt. The Perry Band Program will furnish everything else.

For the Girls: Girls will need to provide a pair of black nylons and black dress shoes. The Perry Band Program will furnish everything else.

If you cannot make the available times listed above, please make other arrangements with Nancy Wilhelm @ (517) 490-1108. Also, we would like to remind you that the Pops Concert will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd, at 7:30 p.m., in the Perry High School Auditorium. Students will need to report at 6:30 p.m. Please fill out the slip below to secure a specific time and date for your son/daughter’s uniform fitting. If you should have any questions or concerns please contact us at your convenience.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

(517) 625-0051

ernstg@perry.k12.mi.us

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Parent’s Name __________________________________________________________________

Parent’s Phone __________________________________________________________________

Student’s Name __________________________________________________________________ Grade _____________

Please indicate the day and time you will be coming in for a fitting __________________________________________________________________

O  Please indicate here if unable to attend the scheduled date. Mrs. Wilhelm will call to schedule an appointment.

Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival for 7th and 8th Grade Band Members

Information on the upcoming Solo and Ensemble Festival went home with your sons/daughter a while ago.  Just a reminder, that if your son/daughter wants to get involved, applications are due by Friday, September 24th.  I would like to encourage as many students to take part.  I have copied and pasted the cover letter below.  If you need a copy of the materials let me know (e-mail is best:  ernstg@perry.k12.mi.us).  I will reply with materials attached.

August 29, 2018

Dear Band Parent and Student,

We would like to encourage your son/daughter to participate in the upcoming MSBOA District V Solo and Ensemble Festival. It will take place at Midland Jefferson Middle School, on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Parents are responsible for transportation. Your son/daughter may participate in up to 3 events (only one of which can be a solo, unless multiple solos are done on different instruments).

Solo and Ensemble Festival is a wonderful experience for our students. In short, the student selects a piece of music for a solo, duet, trio, etc., with the help of the director. The students then work towards as musical of a performance as possible. They may receive help by whatever means. I am available to coach students after school by making appointments. I would suggest that the students get together with me, or a qualified coach, at least 3 – 4 times before the day of the festival. On the day of the festival the student performs at their scheduled time in front of a judge. The judge will evaluate the student’s performance by awarding a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th division rating (1st being the highest possible rating). If the student achieves a 1st or 2nd division rating they will be given a medal for their fine accomplishment.

To participate in the festival, I need you to complete a registration form for each event in which the student will be involved. You will also need to include the fee for each event when returning the registration form. I need to receive all registrations and fees by Friday, September 24, 2018, in order to schedule your son/daughter.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of me at 625-0051.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst

Director of Bands – Perry Public Schools

The Official Un-Fundraiser

So … you love the band … you want to help … you know that it is expensive to run a great program … but … you’ve grown weary of fundraisers? Have we got an opportunity for you! We are offering an opt-out of band fundraising for the school year. To participate in the band program’s “Un-Fundraiser”, just fill out the form, include a check (suggested donation: $50/band student) and drop it in the mail. It’s that easy!

New student teacher for the fall of 2018

Parents and students, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Dan Impemba will be student teaching with us for the Fall of 2018.  Mr. Impemba will be with us through the Christmas Concert.  He will be receiving his Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University and plays the Tuba.  Please welcome him to Perry when you get a chance.